Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney + Hotstar:
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney + Hotstar are now government-controlled. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting now has jurisdiction over online content providers (such as the three streaming services mentioned above) and online news sites, the Cabinet Secretariat announced on Monday. Until now, there has been no government body that regulates the content of digital media sites, something that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting has previously said is needed.
Other forms of content are regulated by organizations such as the Press Council of India, the News Broadcasters Association, the Advertising Standards Board of India, and the Central Film Certification.
Now, Indian President Ramnath Govind on November 9, 1961, signed a new amendment [PDF] to the Government of India (Business Quota) Rules, which adds the following two lines to the boundaries of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. :
These additions are “V. Movies ”Section Government of India (Business Allocation) Rules 1961 [PDF, p. 98]. Online content providers and online news sites now sit with Cable Television, All India Radio, and Doordarshan as I & B’s regulatory framework.
Two weeks ago, I & P Minister Prakash Javdekar hinted that the government could control online sites. Speaking to The Indian Express, he said, “I called them twice to talk about a reliable self-regulatory system, but they did not come up with a plan.”
In a meeting with representatives of streaming services in March, Javadekar has been pointing out the need for regulation for some time now, having brought in the censorship environment imposed by the governments of countries such as China and Singapore.